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Good News Announcements
Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell and the Board of Directors share Good News Announcements, celebrating the accomplishments and awards earned by our students and staff.
We recognize these achievements at each School Board meeting and publish the announcements in the Good News blog.
Celebrations, Recognitions and Announcements
Good News: November 12, 2019Posted by Amanda Dassoff on 11/13/2019 8:00:00 AM
FWPS scholars participated in WE Scare Hunger and collected over 5,322 pounds of food donations
For the eighth consecutive year, Federal Way Public Schools students participated in the WE Scare Hunger event to stamp out hunger. These scholars are engaged, empowered critical thinkers — goal 3 of our strategic plan!
We would like to recognize the student leaders who helped organize these efforts:
- Tyrasia Haeup-Woolfolk
- John Gachoka
- Ainsley Yoshizumi
- Kobe Taylor
- Alex Bradshaw
- Fatima Lopez-Camacho
- Jillian Chong
- Naima Fowler
- Jinsu Ha
- Moses Smith
- Azaan Brown
- Danya Vargas
- Shantall Medina-Ayala
- Asiah-Leigh Torres
Students hosted a Trunk or Treat event for elementary school scholars and collected 5,322 pounds of food that will be donated to the Federal Way Multi-Service Center. More than 300 scholars and families came by and participated in this student-led event that is making a difference in our community. Way to go!
TAF@Saghalie scholars take first place at National Urban League Project Ready Case Competition
Congratulations to our TAF@Saghalie scholars who took first place in the National Urban League Project Ready Case Competition!
The challenge was to solve an issue of inequity in kindergarten through 12th grade education. TAF@Saghalie’s project “First-In-Line” addressed barriers to success for first generation college students.
We would like to recognize the schoalars who participated in the competition:
- Thaddeaus Dezeeuw
- Karina Soltero
- Nalani Hall
- Erick Madrigal
These students presented in front of over 300 students and a panel of judges from leaders in the education and corporate fields. We are proud of you, scholars for being engaged, empowered, critical thinkers — goal 3 of our strategic plan! Way to go!
South King Fire and Rescue distributed 160 coats to kindergarteners and first graders at Rainier View Elementary
South King Fire & Rescue has been a pivotal partner in keeping our students warm.
As part of Operation Warm, they distributed 160 coats to kindergarteners and first graders at Rainier View Elementary School this year! Students also got a chance to meet Sparky the fire dog and check out a fire truck.
We would like to recognize Lieutenant Brad Chaney from South King Fire & Rescue.
Schools can’t do it alone, and we appreciate your support to keep our scholars warm and ready to learn at school. This helps them thrive and be confident responsible individuals, part of our strategic plan goal 2 efforts. Thank you!
Todd Beamer High School scholar wins first place at the USA Power Lifting Raw Nationals
Congratulations, to Todd Beamer High School’s Jillian Whiting who competed at the USA Power Lifting Raw Nationals in Chicago, Illinois and won first place!
She is now ranked number one in the nation for the teen division. We would like to recognize Jillian.
Jillian, you are an engaged, empowered scholar-athlete. We are proud of your dedication to extracurricular activities – goal 3 of our strategic plan!
Federal Way Public Schools named a National Board Accomplished District
Federal Way Public Schools is one of 81 school districts from across the country named as a National Board Accomplished District!
The district is recognized for having at least 20% of our teachers achieving National Board certification. Known as the “gold standard,” this certification advances the quality of teaching and learning by maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Most importantly, students in the classrooms with a Nation Board Certified Teacher have accelerated growth and higher levels of academic proficiency. To commemorate this achievement, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has presented the district with a plaque.
We are proud to support teachers becoming National Board certified and are committed to having the best possible teachers in front of our scholars!
Good News: October, 22 2019Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 10/23/2019 8:00:00 AM
Scholars participate in the Washington State Fair arts show
Congratulations to our scholars for participating in the arts show at the Washington State Fair. These scholars demonstrate strengths in academics and the arts, which supports strategic plan goal 3 — active learners, engaged, empowered, critical thinkers.
For the category of graphic design:
- 1st place: David Cox and Nathan Warren. Nathan also received best in show for the digital art titled “Spiderman”
- 2nd place: Ashlynn Jones, Rachel Kimura, Maxim Knot, Rosa Basler and Henry Youngjohn
- 3rd place: Emma McCann, Hyun Rho, Jamal Afshar
For the category of visual communications:
- 1st place: Astrid Anderson, Catalina Ramos DeLa Flor, Alexia Mattos, Ella Wagner and Veronica Black. Veronica also won best in show for digital art titled “Shattered Reality"
- 2nd place: Mohammed Mahmoud, Marisa Dawson, Hyun Rho, Damaris Unat, Zoe Von-Minden, Grace Tangonan and Elizabeth Ouk
- 3rd place: Erik Sanchez-Contreras, Sasha McGraw and Mareana Den
For the category of photography:
- 1st place: Alishan Gognadze. Alishan also received Best in Show for his photo "Marina"
- 2nd place: Mohammed Mahmoud and Brenda Mora
- 3rd place: Jasmin Flores-Montoya, Chris Kibari, Alondra Pino de la O and Ashlynn Sterling
Congratulations scholars, we are proud of you!
230 Sunnycrest Elementary scholars had perfect attendance in the month of September
Sunnycrest Elementary School recently celebrated an exciting achievement. In September, 230 scholars had perfect attendance! This means these scholars were in class, on time, every day, ready to learn. They all received a perfect attendance ribbon, and a chance to win pizza with the principal! There is a different colored ribbon for perfect attendance each month.
We would like to recognize the scholars who are representing the group who had perfect attendance in September.
Thank you to Sunnycrest for supporting our strategic plan goal 2 whole child efforts and making strong attendance a priority at your school.
Lake Grove teacher receives award from SHAPE WA
Lake Grove Elementary teacher Dana Henry has been selected by the Washington’s Society of Health and Physical Educators for the 2019 Bob Melson Honor Award! This recognizes a physical education teacher who is a true leader and role model in the health and physical education profession.
Dana is the PE lead for Federal Way Public Schools and provides professional development and support for 23 elementary schools in the district. In addition, she regularly presents on best PE practices at conferences around the state.
Dana has worked to secure multiple grants for her school and the district to promote healthy habits. She implemented the “Let’s Move Active Schools” program at Lake Grove.
Thank you, for your commitment to keeping our scholars healthy and ensuring all students are thriving, confident, responsible individuals — goal two of our strategic plan.
181 Lake Grove Elementary students had perfect attendance in the month of September
In the month of September, 181 Lake Grove Elementary Leopards had perfect attendance!
We would like to recognize the scholars who are representing all 181 students.
Thank you, Lake Grove, for supporting strategic plan goal 2 whole child efforts by encouraging students to be in school, on time, ready to learn each day. Way to go, Leopards!
Do The Right Thing's Paving the Way Program provides support to Running Start students
We are grateful for Do the Right Thing’s Paving the Way Program which supports our scholars’ college and career readiness.
We would like to recognize Cheryl Hurst, founder of Do the Right Thing.
During the 2018-19 school year Paving the Way provided $225 per month to six Federal Way Public Schools Running Start students to assist with expenses such as transportation, lunch, text books and supplies. Paving the Way is providing support again this school year.
Schools can’t do it alone, and we appreciate Do the Right Thing’s support of our strategic plan goal 5 persistence to graduation.
Good News: October 8, 2019Posted by Ashley Ranan on 10/9/2019 8:00:00 AM
TJHS student earns Athlete of the Week Award
Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson High School’s Hailey Still who was recently recognized as Athlete of the Week by CenturyLink and the Seattle Seahawks! The recognition includes a $1,000 check for Thomas Jefferson athletics and tickets for Hailey and her family to attend a Seahawks game where she will be recognized.
We would also like to recognize Athletic Director Mike Grady and other administrators.
Each year 10 student athletes are selected for this recognition based off their commitment to academics, athletic achievement, and leadership both on and off the field.
As captain of the soccer team this season, Hailey is leading the team in scoring with 15 goals so far this season. She is a two- time Federal Way Mirror newspaper athlete of the year. Also, last season Hailey was nominated for first team all-league in soccer, basketball and fastpitch.
Hailey, as a scholar-athlete, you demonstrate how important it is be an active learner, engaged, empowered, critical thinker — goal 3 of our strategic plan!
TJHS’ Math Team places among top ten in National Math Competition for 25th consecutive year
The Thomas Jefferson High School math team placed ninth at the Annual Mu Alpha Theta National Math Contest! The weeklong event brought together the nation’s top 50 high school math teams to compete in a series of individual and group tests.
We would also like to recognize Math coach Tom Norris and administrators.
This year marks the 25th consecutive year Thomas Jefferson has placed among the top 10 schools in the nation. Also, Lorel Ramirez placed first and Mason King placed second in Gemini Theta, and Zach Botz placed third in Mental Math Open.
This legacy of excellence is in direct support of the district’s strategic plan goal 4, content area competence: mastery of all subjects.
Congratulations, we are so proud of you!
Six FWPS scholars intern for highly-competitive Washington State Department of Ecology program
We are proud of our scholars who interned for the highly- competitive Washington State Department of Ecology Youth Corps program! In operation since 1975, this year the program hired 250 teens from across the state from an applicant pool of nearly 3,000. Our Federal Way Public Schools scholars claimed six of these spots. We would like to recognize:
- Jaliyah McKay
- Eiler Wiggins
- Faith Chung
- Kiarah Fernandez
- Naialah Keys
- Jonah Mizrah
Teens take to the local major highways and freeways to clean-up the roadside environment. The program instills the importance of responsibility, independence, teamwork and self-sufficiency. This is a valuable skillset our scholars can use in school and future jobs and supports our strategic plan goal 3 — active learners, engaged, empowered critical thinkers. Way to make a difference, scholars!
ITS scholar-interns earn Hewlett Packard certification
Congratulations to our Information Technology Services Department scholar-interns who have received industry standard Hewlett Packard (HP) Certification. This indicates they have a high-level knowledge in computer hardware and Windows-based operating systems. This is a valuable skillset our scholars can use in school and future jobs.
We would like to recognize the following students:
- Bogdan Gavrilyuk
- Janice Ku
- Grace Buchanan
- Grace Chong
- Benjamin Philipose
- Douglas Johnston
- Luqman Shibly
- Max Eager
We would also like to recognize Chief Technology Officer Paul Ross and other administrators. This effort is in support of strategic plan goal 4 — content area competence.
Good News: September 24, 2019Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 9/25/2019 8:00:00 AM
2019-20 Scholar Representatives to the Board Announced
In Federal Way Public Schools, incorporating student voice is central to informing the work of serving each of our 23,000 student-scholars. Students from the Scholar Advisory to the Superintendent team presented a recommendation and outlined the application and selection process for Scholar Representatives to the Board. An interview team selected the two finalists.
The purpose of scholar representatives’ participation at board meetings is to provide valuable input on school district operations.
We would like to recognize the Scholar Representatives to the Board for the 2019-20 school year:
- Amy Ojeaburu
- Blaise Clum
This effort is in support of district’s strategic plan goal 2: thriving, confident, responsible individuals.
Thank you for your leadership!
The Multi-Service Center of Federal Way’s hosted a Back2School Resource Fair
We are grateful for the Multi-Service Center of Federal Way’s support of scholars and families with the Back2School Resource Fair!
We would like to recognize Multi-Service Center Youth Case Manager Linsay Foster.
Over 500 students received backpacks, school supplies, clothing and other helpful resources to start the year ready to learn. The Federal Way Public Schools Office of Equity for Scholar and Family Success partnered with the Multi-Service Center to support this event.
We appreciate the Multi-Service Center and their commitment to our scholars. Efforts like these support our strategic plan goal 3 to help scholars be active learners and engaged, empowered, critical thinkers.
Community partners collect over 4,876 pounds of donated school supplies
We would like to thank our community partners for their involvement in the Fill the Canoe School Supply Drive. They helped collect over 4,876 pounds of donated school supplies. That’s 827 more pounds compared to last year!
We would like to recognize the following partners:
- Bridget O’Connor, Red Canoe Credit Union
- Tracy Oster, Communities in Schools of Federal Way
- Jennifer Rojas Youngblood, Communities in Schools of Federal Way
- Jessica Cox, Communities in Schools of Federal Way
- Captain Jeff Bellinghausen, South King Fire & Rescue
- Misty Lara, Grace Church
We would also like to recognize the We Love Our City group for their involvement.
Thank you to these partners and individuals who helped fill this very important need so students have the essential supplies to be successful in school. This is in support of strategic plan goal 3 to help scholars be active learners and engaged, empowered, critical thinkers.
Brooklake Church helps beautify Illahee Middle School and donates $7,000 to the school and students
A big thank you to Brooklake Church for helping beautify the Illahee Middle School campus and donating $7,000 to the school and students!
We would like to recognize Brooklake Church’s outreach team member Jeff Waterfall who helped organize these efforts.
Before school started, over two dozen Brooklake volunteers helped clean garden beds, cut ivy, lay beauty bark and gravel and pick-up garbage. The money donated by Brooklake went towards school supplies and ASB cards for students so they can attend athletic events and other activities.
Brooklake Church's direct support of our goal 2 whole child efforts help our scholars to be thriving, confident, responsible individuals. Thank you for your contributions!
Grace Church and South King Fire & Rescue helps beautify Kilo Middle School
We want to thank Grace Church and South King Fire & Rescue for helping to beautify Kilo Middle School before the start of school!
We would like to recognize the following community partners:
- Pastor Eric Black, Grace Church
- Misty Lara, Grace Church
- Jessica Montesi, Grace Church
- Assistant Chief Gorden Goodsell, South King County Fire & Rescue
A group of 50 volunteers joined Kilo staff to paint handrails and curbing, weed, trim plants and spread wood chips. Thank you for supporting our goal 2 whole child efforts. Your collaboration helped create a welcoming environment when scholars walked on to campus to kick off a new school year!
Mirror Lake Elementary Back-to-School Bash led by St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
Now in its tenth year, the Mirror Lake Elementary Back to School Bash led by St. Luke’s Lutheran Church was a big success!
We would like to recognize St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Pastor Dan Weber for this support.
Approximately 50 church volunteers helped assist 300 families at the event. Over 200 backpacks and supply packets, and 400 hot dog lunches were provided. In addition, 100 backpacks and 125 bags of school supplies were left at the school to be used by new students as they register at Mirror Lake throughout the year.
This is a great example of what happens when schools and community groups work together to make great things happen for kids. This effort is in alignment with the district strategic plan goal 3 to help scholars be active learners and engaged, empowered, critical thinkers.
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